|The radios named in the title come with antennas that are very well constructed, and good for almost all SW reception. Mike, over on the SWA Facebook site brought this topic up, and it was agreed that this topic is an excellent one to post! So, Mike, Thanks for this material! |
The Grundig and Eton SW Receivers come with a small antenna connector in the back of the radio. You can use a longwire such as cheap copper stereo wire or something similar, and it's very easy to use!
If you live in a dwelling that allows outside antennas, throw your antenna around two of the highest points of the roof. If you cannot erect any antennas outside, using the highest points of the inside of the dwelling will also work well.
Always make sure to extend your attached manufacturer's antenna to full length, as the antenna will hear much better. Unless you are very advanced in radio technology and electronics, I do not suggest taking your radio apart to work on the provided factory antenna. Doing this will also void your warranty if it is still in effect.
For those who are advanced, or have access to someone who is advanced, a good pre-amp can be used in line with the factory antenna. MFJ and a few other corporations make some nice pre-amps!
Prices will vary by brand and model, so be sure to do lots of looking around. One draw back of using a pre-amp, however, will be that a pre-amp can help bring in noise along with your desired signal reception, so knowing how to work with various filters in the radio helps!
This is just a basic article and will not become much more technical than this tonight. Perhaps a follow-up article will be written giving links directly to working with these issues.
73 for now!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
In the most recent Twitter revolution, it was thought that readers may want to use Twitter to catch up with SWA if there are those people who use it for radio information that follow SWA.
One fan of ours, PCJ Media is also there and will be very happy to see SWA make it's appearance there!
Hope to see everyone there!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
|Shortwave America (SWA) will be on break during Christmas. Posting at Facebook, and the official SWA blog sites will resume December 27th 2009, and will be followed by another break in posting from New Year's Eve through New Year's Day. Posting will then resume January 2nd, 2010.|
Everyone be sure to celebrate safely! If you plan on drinking, even one alcoholic drink, make sure you have a designated driver. If you don't think that's possible...then hand your keys over to someone who will let you stay the night so you can drive home ALIVE and help keep other people using the roads safe and alive as well!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
|CCrane has accomplished something that no other radio manufacturer has! The marketing of a dedicated AM/FM radio with the addition of the 2 meter amateur radio band. This came to the attention of this author via WBBM Radio commercials by CCrane. |
The CCrane website tells the basic story of this radio. There are some radio enthusiasts, especially licensed amateur operators who might be happy using their all band - all mode transceivers for this task, but if you wanna shut down the rigs and just have simple coverage in your home somewhere outside the shack without having to buy a scanner receiver, this is your option!
A small review of this radio can be found at E-Ham direct, via this link
You can learn more about Bharathi at her QSL.net profile, where you will see a list of Bharathi's other awards.Bharathi has been in the Amateur Radio service for 25 years. IRESC, started as a small Amateur Radio Service club focused on serving the international community and has grown to be the premier service organization among the other popular service organizations such as SATERN, RACES, and ARES.
Among other work Bharathi is involved in is NIAR, India's largest and most well known Amateur Radio Organization. On December 2nd, 2009, Bharathi was the guest of honor in the Brisbane area in Australia, where she visited with other radio amateurs.
Please join Shortwave America, and the amateur radio community as a whole in celebrating the talents and achievements of Bharathi Prasad! Keep up the great work Bharathi!
Monday, December 21, 2009
All of these finds took place between 1PM Central Time and 3:30PM Central Time.
AWR Nigeria - Freq: 11.750.00Khz Signal: 5 by 9
Polish Broadcast - Freq: 11.664.00Khz Signal: 5 by 9
German Broadcast - Freq: 11.565.00Khz Signal: 5 by 7 with fading
Middle Eastern Broadcast - Freq: 11.865.00Khz Signal: 5 by 9
Middle Eastern Broadcast - Freq: 13.650.00 Signal: 5 by 9 (sign-off)
Spanish Broadcast - Freq: 17.628.00Khz Signal: 20 over 9
Top Hits Of 2009 (possibly a UK Broadcast) - Freq: 9.503.00 Signal: 5 by 7 with fading
Classical Music with Female Vocalist in English followed by middle-eastern pop style music also with a female vocalist in arabic - Freq: 7.450.00Khz Signal: 5 by 9
"Mary Did You Know?" Freq: 7.462.00Khz Signal: 20 over 9
CHU Canada Freq: 7.850.00Khz Signal 5 by 9 peaking to 15 over 9
Portuguese Language Broadcast - Freq: 9.420.00Khz Signal: 5 by 7 swinging to 5 by 9
Arabic Language Broadcast (I.D. as Family Radio, Open Forum, Oakland, California)- Freq: 11.662.00Khz Signal: 5 by 9
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Radio Prague To Keep Shortwave Station On Air, Chicago Radio Talent Feel Effects Of Economic Decline
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Enjoy the new schedules, enjoy your listening, and feel free to post in the comments section about anything interesting you hear. On that topic, what is YOUR favorite shortwave band or specific frequency to tune?
73 for now!